Emmett Masalon Morrison(1841 - 1932)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 15th Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was among a group of VMI Cadets who went to Richmond as recruit drillmasters when War was declared in April 1861 - he graduated in the VMI class of 1861.
He was elected Captain, Company C, of the 15th Virginia Infantry at the reorganization of April 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
By Sharpsburg he was senior officer in the field and in command of the regiment. He was wounded in the shoulder and later captured at Sharpsburg on 17th September 1862, being relieved in command by Captain Willis of Company A.
ìCaptain Morrison fired all the cartridges in a dead manís box and stepped a few yards away from the firing line where he picked up another and rejoined the fighting as was his habit. He shot two rounds and was preparing to fire the third one when something knocked him unconscious. About a minute later, he came around as four of his men lifted him onto a stretcher and started rearward with him. A projectile prostrated the stretcher party. The fragments splattered Charlie Watkinsí brains all over Morrison, causing him to release his grip and dump the Captain while he struck the ground with a sickening thud. ëBillieí Briggs, another stretcher bearer, crashed to the earth with a broken thigh. The third man in the party lost the second and third fingers on a hand and the fourth one was also wounded. "
The remainder of the War:
After Sharpsburg, while still a prisoner of war, he was made Major (to rank from August). He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel as of 24 January 1863, and exchanged to return to service in April 1863.
He was again captured in action at Saylerís Creek on 6 April 1865, and took the loyalty oath on 25 July 1865, the War over.
After the War:
After the War he was a teacher and postmaster in Smithfield, Virginia. He was appointed Brigadier General of the 8th Brigade, 4th Division, Virginia Militia on 25 January 18722, and married Sarah A. Wilson in that year.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic bio information above from VMI2 and Morrision Family Bible records, transcription online - where, by the way, his middle name is spelled "Massillon". His military record is from Manarin3 and Wallace4. Thanks to Bill Torrens for the Fussell correction.
The picture above is from a wartime drawing of him in Lieutenant Colonel's uniform by a Private Newman. The original is in the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond.
More on the Web:
See a picture of his headstone at St Luke's.
|Birth Date: 8/21/1841 Place of Birth: Smithfield, VA |
College: Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Graduating Year: 1861
Death Date: 06/08/1932 Burial Place: St. Luke's Church, Benns, nr Smithfield, VA
1 Based on Morrison's article One Of The Gamest Of Modern Fights from the Richmond Times-Dispatch of 10 December 1905; Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XXXIII.
2 Virginia Military Institute, and Diane B. Jacob, Head, Archives & Records Management, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Published c.2000, first accessed 01 January 2003, <http://www.vmi.edu/archives/> [AotW citation 588]
3 Manarin, Louis H., 15th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1990, pp. 28, 110 [AotW citation 589]
4 Wallace, Lee A., Jr., A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861 - 1865, 2nd revision, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1986 [AotW citation 590]
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